Best Wakesurf Board For Big Guys

For us bigger guys, finding the right wakesurf board can be a challenge.  A board that is too small requires a lot more effort to keep it going, while in contrast a board that is too big will cause a lack of responsiveness.  For bigger guys, an optimal board will provide you with a fast responsive ride that will give the ability to spin and air. This is our list of the best wakesurf boards for big guys.

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Phase 5 Doctor
Editor’s Pick

Phase 5 Doctor
Board Style – Surf
Board Sizes  – 55” – 57” -59”
Weight Rating – Up to 225lbs – 275lbs – 325 lbs
Width – 19” – 20.25” – 21.3”
Rider Level – Advanced
Quad Fin Setup
EPS Core with Flexspine


Connelly Ride
Best Budget Board
Connelly Ride
Board Style – Surf
Board Sizes  – 62”
Weight Rating – One Size Fits All
Width 20.50”
Rider Level – Beginner – Intermediate
Tri Fin Setup – 3 -1.75” fins
EPS Core with Compression Construction


Hyperlite 5.9 Landlock
Best Beginner Board
Hyperlite Landlock
Board Style – Surf
Board Sizes  – 69”
Weight Rating – 120 lbs to 300 lbs
Width 20.25”
Rider Level – Beginner – Intermediate
Tri Fin Setup – 2 -1.5” fins & 1 – 2.4” fin
EPS Core with Monocoque Construction


Phase 5 Wahoo
Best Surf Style Board

Phase 5 Wahoo
Board Style – Surf
Board Sizes  – 53” – 56”
Weight Rating – Up to 200 lbs – 250 lbs
Width – 18.75” – 19.2”
Rider Level – Intermediate – Advanced
Quad Fin Setup
Peanut Rail Outline


Phase 5 Trident
Best Skim Style Board

Phase 5 Trident
Board Style – Skim
Board Sizes  – 57”
Weight Rating – 190 to 250+ lbs
Width – 22”
Rider Level – Advanced – Expert
Tri Fin Setup – 3 -2” fins
Bat Tail Snub Nose with Black Carbon Construction



Phase 5 Kong
Highest Weight Rated Board

Phase 5 Kong
Board Style – Surf
Board Sizes  – 63”
Weight Rating – up to 350 lbs
Width – 22”
Rider Level – Intermediate – Advanced
Quad Fin Setup
EPS Core with Flexspine


Phase 5 Doctor | Top Overall Pick

Phase 5 Doctor

The Phase 5 Doctor is an amazing surf style board for the bigger guy!  Designed to be a high performance board for someone that is a bigger rider or has a smaller wave, It will give you the opportunity to cut and carve like no other boards out there.  With weight capacity is 325 lbs., the Phase 5 Doctor is not the typical big sluggish floundering board that is built typically for the bigger riders.  The Phase 5 Doctor has a greater amount of volume throughout the board because it has a domed top deck.  The domed top deck allows the construction of the board to be a little narrower than other boards, thus giving it a greater capacity to move side to side with upgraded performance over its competitors.  There is a quad fin design that allows you to play around with what feels best by moving the back fins forward or backwards, allowing for more control or a looser feel, or removing completely if you want to perform any tricks or 360’s. 

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The Phase Five Doctor is designed to provide the maximum amount of speed while optimizing control over the board.   WIth it’s Flextec V2 Lamination, Reflex Speedrail, EPS core and Flexspine, the board is expertly constructed and is extremely durable and versatile.  This is the highest performing board out there for bigger guys which is why it tops our list.  

Connelly Ride | Best Budget Board

Connelly Ride

The Connelly Ride is weight rated for “all riders” and we have tested this theory, having riders as little as 150 lbs to to riders 275 lbs on the board.  In all cases, the board showed no signs of faltering.  This is a great beginner board and is the board that we start all our riders on when they come down to visit and are new to wakesurfing.  The board is extremely buoyant because of its EPS foam core and double rail edges provide additional stability.  It has the EVA traction pads, like all the other boards on this list, that give the rider good foot stability and control.  Connelly ride is our budget friendly pick for the bigger rider and comes with 3 removable 1.75” inch fins.  The three fin setup gives extra control and once the riders are comfortable and confident, we would remove the two sides fins, leaving the single center fin.  The single find setup allows for more maneuverability and easier carving on the waves.  The Connelly Ride is an extra wide board and is perfect for those that are looking to get out there and just surf the waves or for those that have a lot of visitors that are looking to learn to wakesurf.  

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Hyperlite 5.9 Landlock | Best Beginner Board

Hyperlite Landlock

The Hyperlite 5.9 Landlock has a weight range of up to 300lbs.  It is the longest board in our list with dimensions of 69” long and 20.25” wide.  The board features Monocogue construction, where the top glass and bottom glass are layered into one.  This provides for more durability on the sides of the board, which would otherwise lead to delamination.  Traditional boards have woven fibers which will separate over time, but with the layered glass on the Hyperlite deck, you can rest assured that this board will continue to perform year after year.  The single concave forebody shape, rolled edge profile, and 2 – 1.5” Fish fins and 1 – 2.4” Fish fin allows for a smooth, super forgiving ride. This is a larger surf style board for the beginner – intermediate rider.

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Phase 5 Wahoo | Best Surf Style Board

Phase 5 Wahoo

The Phase 5 Wahoo is a fantastic choice for bigger guys with it’s 56” model having a weight capacity of 250 lbs.  The Phase 5 Wahoo has something that has really changed my view on wakesurf boards and riding, the “peanut rail” outline.  In our review article of the 2020 Phase 5 Hammerhead, we talk about the peanut rail out line and how it displaces water differently.  The both outer edges of the front of the board and back of the board allow water to miss the middle of the board, which means it will accelerate quicker with reduced drag.  The Phase 5 Wahoo has this feature, which we love.  It has a quad fin setup for extra stability and control.  Similar to the Phase 5 Doctor, the fins can be adjusted or taken out completely to change the feel and the ride of the board.  The Flexspine, which is the extra carbon inlay, creates an extra stiffness and improves overall board performance, which the epoxy resin construction.  Again like the Phase Five Doctor, this is an extra durable fun, fast high performance ride. 

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Phase 5 Trident | Best Skim Style Board

Phase 5 Trident

This is one of my favorite wakesurf boards hands down.  A buddy of mine let me try his board and I fell in love.  The Phase 5 Trident is not recommended for riders under 190lbs.  Riders that weigh less than 190 are going to have a difficult time controlling the board.  The Phase 5 Trident is without a doubt a super fast ride. The board is constructed with ¾ thick super stiff black carbon cloth and comes with 3 – 2 inch fins that provide extra stability and control. The pads are the new P5 Techno Grip Traction pads, which provide more grip than ever.  This board also features V.R.T. (Vacuum Ribbed Technology), continuous core, polyester resin, and polylam gloss which add to its already impressive specs. Weight limit is 250lbs+, but we have had people that are 270lbs+ on the board doing 360s. The boards dimensions are 22” wide, 57” long and .75” thick.  All these factors added together will give a bigger surfer a speedy fun ride.

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Phase 5 Kong | Highest Weight Rating

Phase 5 Kong

The Phase 5 Kong has the highest weight recommendation on our list at 350lbs.  The boards dimensions are 21.5” wide, 63” wide and 2” thick. This surf style board is for the beginner to intermediate and utilizes Phase 5 GatorSkin.  GatorSkin is an extremely durable carbon/aramid glass, which is the toughest material that Phase 5 uses. Phase 5 Kong boards have an ultra light, 2lb, EPS density foam core and have a textured finish to increase performance.  The Single Wing Thumb Tail and Quad fin positioning provide for increased traction. Additionally the Diamond Groove EVA Traction with Arch Support will ensure your front foot is locked on the board when turning.  

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Recommended Weight Ranges

While most board manufacturers put optimal weight ranges on their boards, I have seen times where those limits are exceeded and the surfing does not suffer.  Those board weight recommendations are not 100% accurate and are based largely on scaling.   

Staying within those weight ranges is of course recommended, but if your board is too large for you, it will become loose while surfing, while conversely if your board is too small for you, you’ll struggle to keep it going.  

Skim vs Surf Style Boards

The boards we list above for the most part are surf style boards.  Surf style boards come with multiple fins setups which give the surfer added traction and control in the wave.  The boards themselves are larger in size and have a larger volume.  This equates to more buoyancy which is what a heavier rider would need.  The larger volume will also add speed to the board on the waves.

Conversely the skim style board is shorter in length and will have less volume to work with.  They are less buoyant and will have smaller fins and/or fewer fins.  The skim style board does have one advantage over the surf style board in that it was built for tricks, spins, and slides.  Where a surf style board will allow for some cruising and carving on the waves, riders will find it easier to perform 360’s and air tricks on a skim style board over a surf style board.

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